Sunderland centre helps to ease back pain in the garden

PUBLISHED: 13:19 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:39 20 February 2013

Osteopath Jason Oshinowo

Osteopath Jason Oshinowo

North East gardeners hoping to tackle the garden this summer are being urged to watch their backs to prevent injury

Its that time of year when the garden seems to run away with you. The grass seems to grow an inch every time you turn your back and the plants seem to grow like rampant Triffids.

But we all know that all that mowing, pruning, digging and weeding can take its toll.

Osteopaths at The Back Pain Centre in Sunderland have warned gardeners of the spinal damage that could be caused by over enthusiastic gardening and have issued guidelines to help them stay safe.

The Centre, based at John Street, has a team of experienced osteopaths and chiropractors, trained to locate the causes of back pain and carry out treatment of the spinal joints to correct the problem.

Together they have compiled a leaflet of tips and advice for gardeners, which is available from the Back Pain Centre or via its website. They have also urged anyone experiencing backache after strenuous gardening to seek their help immediately so as to minimise the chances of long-term, serious injury.

Osteopath Jason Oshinowo, based at the Back Pain Centre, said: With the warmer spring weather and lighter evenings this is the perfect time to tackle the garden.

However, a great deal of lifting, bending, twisting and stretching can play havoc with our backs and lead to lasting spinal damage.

You wouldnt dream of running a marathon without warming up first and gardening is no different. Gentle stretching exercises are crucial before you start and then continuous awareness of your posture when lifting or carrying is vital.

As it is possible for spinal problems to go undetected for long periods of time, the Back Pain Centre estimates everyone, whether you have ever suffered with back pain or not, should get their spines checked at least every four months.

The Centre offers treatment for all back related injuries and complaints as well as advice on preventing problems and maintaining good spinal health.

It also offers a full relaxation and massage service and can advise on lifting techniques, posture and how to avoid back pain while gardening and driving.

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